Saturday, 27. December 2014
07. 07. 14. - 16:00
Police have confirmed the sighting of a two metre long crocodile spotted lounging near an artificial dam on the tourist island of Crete - but admit they have no idea how it got there.
Police and firemen went to the site after reports that the animal had been spotted bathing in the sun at the Potami Dam near the Greek city of Rethymno and were stunned to discover that it was completely true – and took this video of the beast to prove it.
Officials said had they not seen the video they too would not have believed it was true but it clearly shows a crocodile, and records its movements proving that it was alive.
The Director of the Department of Transportation and Hydraulic Engineering Projects Management at the Crete Development Organisation, Vangelis Mamangakis, said: "At first we thought it was a joke, but once we realised that the witnesses were backed up with camera evidence we started investigating the incident, and working out how to catch it."
He added that another concern was that there were indications that was not just one crocodile, but two. He said that two reptile experts have been called in to help set up a trap to capture the crocodile and the lake has also been sealed off to prevent locals unwittingly falling prey to the crocodile. One of the experts is reptologist Petros Lymberakis, a specialist for the Museum of Natural History who will come to the area to assist in locating and dealing with the reptile.
The bid to capture the crocodile was given a special urgency after local media reported that the two crocodiles could even breed, leading to fears that there might be other crocodiles.
Crocodiles are not native to Europe although there have occasionally been similar incidents. Firemen and river police in Austria for example were called to rescue a South American crocodile from the Danube in 2001. The animal was caught and later handed over to Vienna Zoo.
Mamagakis believes that the crocodile may have been kept as a pet at a home or by a visiting zoo and was subsequently abandoned.
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
Kid Left In Coma After Beaten By Teacher For Talking
This is the shocking image of a little Chinese girl before and after she was punished by her teacher - for talking in class.
Freezing Rain Causes Chaos In Central Europe
Freezing weather has arrived in Europe with a vengeance with a layer of ice blanketing parts of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and causing traffic chaos.
Holey Smoke As Car Disappears Down Sinkhole
Motorist Wei Hsiao found himself in a hole lot of trouble in China when a giant sinkhole opened up on the road beneath him, swallowing his entire car.
Shock Moment Police Helicopter Explodes On Street
This is the moment a police helicopter exploded into a spinning ball of flame in Chile when a fire truck clipped one of its rotors.
More Than Twenty 100,000 GBP Motors Used In Bridal Convoy
A Chinese couple who wanted to have the most expensive wedding convoy possible arranged for a convoy of top of the range cars including a stretch Hummer followed by Lamborghinis, Porsches and other VIP motors.
Riot Police Star In Downs Syndrome Calendar
Spanish riot police have joined forces with Down's syndrome kids to take part in a special calendar for charity.
Chinese Nuclear Winter Smog Leaves Clinics Full
Fresh proof of Chinese scientists' claims that the country's toxic air pollution resembles a nuclear winter are shown by these images that show clinics and hospitals packed with patients suffering with trouble breathing.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Dad Bathes Baby Under Cold Tap In Winter|
|Romanian Woman Defends Riding The Christmas Pig|
|Coach Stops Play By Kicking Second Ball Onto Pitch|
|Turkish University To Develop Lie Detector For Turks|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.